20 - 27 Aug 2022
One Week Event
Saturday - Saturday
Understanding God’s love in our heads and knowing His love in the depths of our hearts are two vastly different things. When God’s love meets us in our deepest places of hurt and pain, healing rushes forth and freedom abounds. Yet, achieving that connection can seem difficult, terrifying, overwhelming or even impossible.
Through creative expression (not just art!) you can safely explore your connection with God, as well as your own identity, and allow Him into the darkest recesses of your heart where words are not enough to articulate the inner turmoil. With inspirational, deep and relevant teaching, mixed with a variety of creative workshops, this course takes you on a journey of self-recognition as well as learning how to trust Jesus and receive His healing on a deeper level.
But it is not a journey you walk alone; one of the hallmarks of this course is the togetherness of being the family of God. For some, this is a challenge, for others it offers love and acceptance as they have never experienced it before. It is a week of laughing together, learning together, praying together, creating together, crying together and healing together; just as God intended us to live.
It may just be that you need an injection of fun and family, some time just for you; or it may be that you are desperate for a breakthrough and don’t know where to start. With plenty of support from our experienced creativity team, this is a safe course for you if you are fearful of the healing process, feel there is no way forward for you or you seem lost in a sea of pain. With no condemnation or judgement, you will be accepted where you are at, loved for who you are and welcomed into our imperfect but caring family.
What better location for such an event than in the amazing beauty and peace of Blairmore House? With spacious and luxurious accommodation, nestled in a large woodland estate, surrounded by the stunning vista of the highlands of Scotland, Blairmore offers comfort, seclusion and creative inspiration for you to make the most of time just for you.
This policy was last updated on 23rd September 2021.
With the easing of national restrictions across the UK in the summer of 2021, we wanted to update you about the changes we are making at our UK centres. Please note that current restrictions will slightly differ at Ellel Scotland.
Health and Safety procedures that will stay in place:
The wearing of face masks will be optional for all guests and team. In Scotland, masks are still required in public areas and while singing.
Meetings and Worship
We will be returning to normal seating arrangements in our conference rooms and singing will be allowed by all present during times of worship.
We will be returning to shared bedroom accommodation at the centres.
Track and trace
As all of our guests are required to pre-book and register on arrival at the centre, we will have an accurate record of who is present. We also have the NHS QR code to register your visit for those using the NHS app in England.
Protecting our guests and helping everyone feel at ease
In the current world situation with Covid-19 it is our responsibility and heart to keep all our guests and team safe.
We agreed as a UK Leadership that we would follow the Government guidelines for each country and bring changes to procedures in-line with their advice and guidance. Below you will find the procedures we have in place in accordance with the new guidelines issued this summer.
The safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members is always at the forefront of our minds. We are confident in the operating procedures we have in place, but we are more confident in the faithful God that we all serve. Nothing can replace the importance of prayer and trust. He is the One we look to be our guide and our shield throughout these days!
Be assured – all our teams are working hard to keep you safe, but we are also praying hard! We love nothing more than hearing how welcome and “at home” our guests feel, and we cannot wait to welcome you back. Our prayer is that you feel just as ease and able to relax and enjoy the Lord’s presence as ever.
With many blessings
UK & Ireland Director
From the minute you step through our doors you can be confident that we have prayerfully and practically prepared the building for you.
In line with Government guidelines it is optional whether team and guests want to wear a face covering. We are also not enforcing social distancing at our Centres. In Scotland, masks are still required in public areas and while singing.
Our team members are brilliant, and their safety and wellbeing is of utmost importance to us. To ensure this we have adopted the following safety measures. Again, we will adapt these in line with guidance, but we want our team to feel confident and comfortable being at work and for those who live on-site.
It goes without saying that, as much as we can’t wait to see you, to keep everyone safe we need your help…
I learned that God’s family can be trusted here. I learned that maybe there is hope that not all of God’s family want to hurt and reject you. Thank you for showing me kindness, love, compassion, sensitivity and much more in every area which spoke deeply into my heart.
Bridge from the Head to the Heart Teaching Topics include:
As a deep part of the healing process, creativity plays a significant role.
Creativity Workshops may include:
N.B. This list is an example of some of the workshops that may be available and is subject to change for each event.
You'll be able to select your preferred booking option for each participant in the next step
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When booking an event at Blairmore,
there are two options for accommodation,
Premium and Standard.
All rooms at Blairmore are 2-3 person sharing and en-suite. Premium accommodation is more expensive due to the high-quality standard of the rooms, which were lovingly restored with antiques; standard accommodation is more simply renovated in a modern style.
Do contact us if you have any query about staying at Blairmore House.
Our kitchen team are passionate about making delicious, nutritious meals for our guests. We are able to cater for some special medical diets if you give us notice on booking and liaise with us.
Meal times are typically:
Evening Meal 6.00pm.
We have a friendly reception team who will be available throughout your stay and will be able to help you with any problems or questions you may have.
It is generally open week days 9.00am- 5.00pm.
We have a car park in front of the house for all our guests. Feel free to unload at reception before parking (all cars are parked at your own risk).
We have limited ground floor bedrooms available so please enquire when booking your room if we have availability.
Free WiFi internet access is available by reception in the house.
Ellel Scotland is set in the village of Glass, which is 45 miles west of Aberdeen in the north of Scotland. Its nearest town is Huntly.
Our nearest international airport is Aberdeen (ABZ), which is 45 miles away. From there you can take a taxi to the local train station, Aberdeen Dyce, and take a train to Huntly, the closest town.
From Aberdeen take the A96 (signposted Inverness) and turn off at Huntly onto the A920 (signposted to Dufftown). Drive about 6 miles from the A96, turn left down the drive signposted “Glass Church & Blairmore House” which leads into the front drive of Blairmore. Driving time from Aberdeen is about 60 minutes.
From the A95 at Charlestown take the A941 to Dufftown and then the A920 for about 5 miles. Take the first right turn (signposted “Glass Church & Blairmore House” which leads into the front drive. For Sat Nav use our post code – AB54 4XH. The Sat Nav will take people to our back driveway, so please follow the signposts.
Our nearest bus stop is in Huntly. We collect guests from The Square, in Huntly at 16.10 on the first day of any event. Please notify the office if you want to be added to the list.
Our nearest train station is Huntly (7 miles away). We collect guests from Huntly at 16.20 on the first day of any event. Please notify the office if you want to be added to the list.
Local taxis are occasionally available to and from Blairmore. Contact us for taxi phone numbers, if required. Pre-booking is suggested as availability is varied.
Blairmore House is situated amongst stunning scenery, with rivers, lochs, mountains and coastland all within easy reach. It makes it an ideal destination for our walking and creative retreats. The coast is 25 miles north to Blairmore House, about 45 minutes drive.
Balmoral Castle was owned by Queen Victoria and is now the private property of Queen Elizabeth II. She resides there each summer. When the Queen is away, the castle is open to receive tourist guests. Balmoral is 50 miles south of Blairmore House, and about 1.5 hr drive away.
The Cairngorms are a wild mountain range in the eastern highlands of Scotland. They are a National Park, and offer stunning scenery, hiking and skiing adventures. Aviemore town is a hub of winter sport activity when the snow arrives, having its own ski resort.
There is plenty of beautiful scenery on the doorstep of Blairmore House, with woodland paths around our own grounds, or nearby walks just a short drive away.
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